Tip of the Week – affirming the good!

In preparing to talk to 70 teachers tomorrow, I selected my first slide, out of the middle of an early presentation.  I have used the phrase “Be Yourself. Only Better”.  What I explain is that teachers are already doing a lot of good teaching techniques.  That teachers are always building relationships with students.  Teachers are…

Tip of the Week – Prepare!

Never underestimate the value of preparing! Another great quote I remember:  Failing to prepare, it to prepare to fail. Its very very important to remember to do this when facilitating Restorative Justice (conference or circle).  I love to do trainings and workshops, those are also important to prepare for.  Today I found myself preparing for one…

Tip of the Week – multiple sources of learning

My tip this week is for you as a person and a Circlekeeper to keep your mind open to multiple sources of learning.  What I mean by this is to find and keep a variety of “camps”.  Here are some of my “Camps”: Emotional IQ and Daniel Goleman, I mention him in this post about emotional…

Tip of the Week – emotional climate

When you start to “keep” Circles, there are many skills to develop.  In trainings I often tell learners “nobody gets to be a blackbelt overnight”.  I am trying to convey that like all new skills, you’ll need practice!  I also try to convey that we should always keep learning. So once you’ve have an understanding about the basic…

Tip of the Week – self care

This week’s tip for Circlekeeping – is to practice self care.  Plain and simple, self care.  If you are a Circlekeeper I am going to assume you have a skill set and value system for helping and empowering others.  Great qualities and characteristics, yet the human condition also has us working on homeostasis and homeokinesis. …

Tip of the Week – Talking Pieces

I had a student approach me and comment on the 14 pages in Kay Pranis’s book “Peacemaking Circles” dedicated to the talking piece.  It was a good reminder for me.  I have gathered a variety of talking pieces and my favorites are the ones that other people give me.  Introducing a talking piece is a…